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The Saint Strikes Back

Released Mar 8, 1939 1h 7m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 63% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Suave private detective Simon "The Saint" Templar (George Sanders) arrives in San Francisco and meets Val (Wendy Barrie), a woman whose police inspector father killed himself after being accused of corruption and dismissed from the force. Convinced of the man's innocence, Templar takes it upon himself to vindicate the memory of Val's father. To do so he must take on the city's most dangerous criminal gang, while also battling hostile members of the police department. Read More Read Less
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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Nothing special, but the minor detective yarn is satisfactory in its workmanlike way of handling things. Rated: B- Mar 21, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Russ George Sanders doing what he always does - make with the witty banter - and the usual supporting cast of contract studio players. Starts off interestingly enough despite the implausible premise, but gets lost in the weeds after the halfway mark. I checked out at that point as it was clear that the script writers weren't going to give the viewer a snowball's chance in Hell of following this muddled mess. These "The Saint" and "The Falcon" 65 minute B pictures are generally at least entertaining, but this one's a waste of time. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/28/24 Full Review Audience Member The best movie character ever portrayed: George Sanders as Simon Templar (The Saint)! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member not a bad 'spy' thriller for it's time. The role George Sanders was born for! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member The second Saint film and the first in which the great George Sanders suavely takes over the role of Simon Templar, The Saint. In this entry into the long running series The Saint helps the daughter of San Francisco policeman who was framed her father for murder. It's definitely an RKO B-picture, but the debonair Sanders and classy direction by John Farrow, who'd later go on to direct A-list pictures like "The Big Clock" and "Wake Island," elevate this B-programmer into something a bit more special. And one cool note of trivia, Roy Webb's theme music later carried over into the Roger Moore TV series. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Not bad considering... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member saint#2 not bad B movie fare Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Suave private detective Simon "The Saint" Templar (George Sanders) arrives in San Francisco and meets Val (Wendy Barrie), a woman whose police inspector father killed himself after being accused of corruption and dismissed from the force. Convinced of the man's innocence, Templar takes it upon himself to vindicate the memory of Val's father. To do so he must take on the city's most dangerous criminal gang, while also battling hostile members of the police department.
Director
John Farrow
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 8, 1939, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 7m
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